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Alex Barrow

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Alex has always known she wanted to be a journalist. A lecture by a reporter at a Young Leader’s Day left an impression on a then 14-year- old Alex and started her on a path that has seen her travel the world and explore her dream.
 
 
Alex is studying Anthropology and Media Studies at Victoria University. While attending a Study at Victoria Open Day she happened on an Anthropology lecture, and felt it would pair well with Media Studies.

It is a mix that has worked well.
 
 
“I came to Victoria Open Day and went to an Anthropology lecture and it just clicked."
 
 
“I love meeting new people and hearing their stories; being able to study Anthropology and Media Studies has allowed me to do that. I’ve always loved writing and wanted to be a journalist, and these subjects have allowed me to explore what I want to learn in that field.”
 
 
Getting as much experience as possible has been a priority for Alex. She has made the most of her time as a student by writing for a number of publications, including the student magazine Salientand music magazine Undertheradar. The opportunity that has reaped the most rewards however, came through Victoria’s Bachelor of Arts Internship programme.
 
 
“I got placed at Lucire fashion magazine where I was a writer and covered things from beauty reviews to celebrity stories to fashion weeks. Doing the internship has allowed me to get real work experience and realise that this is exactly what I want to be doing.”
 
 
During her time with the magazine she was also sent on assignment to Malaysia and the Solomon Islands and says it’s these international experiences that could serve her best in the future.
 
 
“The ultimate dream is to work for National Geographic and to get there I think I need to do a lot of travelling and freelancing and writing for different audiences.”
 
 
An arts degree at Victoria has allowed Alex the space to develop her thinking and ideas about the world around her.
 
 
“It’s getting to look at things critically, take everything into account and learn in your own way rather than necessarily having a yes or no answer.”
 
As she comes to the end of her time at Victoria, Alex is reflecting on how her student experience has changed her and her outlook.
 
“Since starting at Victoria, I’ve de nitely changed, in the sense that I look at the world around me in a di erent way, in a more approachable way. I think more critically about the media, and that’s possibly the best way to look at it if I’m wanting to go into journalism.” 

 

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